UCSD vs UCSB
After four weeks of practices that were interrupted by rain and field closures, it was the first home game of winter season for UCSDs’ women’s club soccer team. UCSD came out strong to start with an intense high press headed by center forward Mia Fava that made sure UCSB was unable to break lines and get into the attacking third. Throughout the first half UCSD had good possession but with 10 minutes left in the first half UCSB was able to sneak one in giving them a 1-0 lead. Shortly after, UCSB had another chance on goal but it was stopped by an amazing save from UCSD goalkeeper Grace Taylor, whose save was so great the referee didn’t realize she had saved it and gave it as a goal kick for UCSD. Not letting the 1-0 deficit get to them, UCSD had a corner kick opportunity and were able to play a short ball to defender Allie Spong who put in an amazing cross that was headed in by Mia to tie up the game 1-1 at the end of the first half. Starting the second half, UCSD employed a low press to conserve energy and keep the ball in front of them. This was a successful strategy that led to good possession by UCSD and very few shots being taken. It was a hard fought second half but with just 8 minutes left to go UCSB got a breakaway and was able to score, leading them to win 2-1. Overall, it was a good game that saw both sides fighting their hardest and ended with an unfortunate loss for UCSD.